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Christmas Day: Remember the American Heroes of 1776

By Dr. Robert “Smitty” Smith
During the Christmas season, it is easy for us to forget the horrors and hardships endured by the first American army in 1776. They had suffered defeat after defeat, its commander-in-chief couldn't win, and his own plotted against him. The army was in tatters, unpaid, unsupplied, and unclothed. Learn how General Washington's leadership saved the Army—and the revolution—that Christmas season.

Developing a Modernized Reserve Unit: Infrastructural Considerations

By Christopher L. McFarlin, J.D., Criminal Justice

Across the country, police departments continuously rely on units of reserve officers for a multitude of assignments. However, historically, there has always been a divide between full-time officers and reserve officers. This is, in large part, due to the fact that full-time police officers don’t see reserve officers as their equals. AMU criminal justice professor Christopher McFarlin writes about how agencies who intend to continue or increase their use of reserve officers must adapt a command and management structures, determine requirements of relevant state laws, and focus their attention on integrating reserve officers into the wider department.

Know How to Avoid Teamwork Pitfalls

Teamwork, especially among law enforcement officers, is a crucial aspect of the job. However, the effectiveness of teams is largely dependent on leadership’s commitment to teamwork and the willingness of individuals to be strong team members. AMU criminal justice professor Michelle Beshears writes about the five distinct dysfunctions that police leaders need to be aware of that could threaten effective teams within their agencies.